Causes of World War 1
World War 1, also known as “The Great War” occurred due to many causes. It was the result of aggression towards other countries. Rising nationalism of European nations, economic and imperial completion, and fear of the war prompted alliances and increase of armed forces. This created tension contributing to the outbreak of war. But it was assassination in Sarajevo that triggered World War 1.
In the 19th Century, people of the same nationality united under one border. Many countries wanted to have people of the same nationality live within the same border. This created a problem for Austria-Hungary and the Balkans because they consisted of many nation groups. People were ready and willing to fight for their country. Since majority of the populations in countries were willing, this led to the war. Nationalism led to the assassination because many of the nation groups in Austria-Hungary did not get along and had many conflict. Serbia wanted control of Bosnia. Since Bosnia was part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire, if they killed the heir to the throne, the empire would begin to fall apart. This would lead to the start of a war.
Another factor which led to the increase of tension in Europe was imperialism. Many countries in Western Europe were building up their empires throughout the world. They often got into disagreements about who was to control these areas. Great Britain, Germany, and France competed for economic expansion in Africa after the increase in manufacturing caused by the Industrial Revolution. Although Britain and France got over their conflicts in Africa, several events leading up to the war involved the disagreement of Germany against Britain and France in North America.
World War 1 was partly caused by the two opposing alliances developed by Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck formed the Three Emperor’s League, an alliance between Germany, Russia, and Austria-Hungary. He also took advantage of the Italian dislike towards France and created the Triple Alliance between Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary. After Bismarck was fired, the dislike of Slavs...